Re: "Preferring technical acuity over specialized knowledge"

Subject: Re: "Preferring technical acuity over specialized knowledge"
From: Joe Pairman <joepairman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2018 13:07:32 +0000

Thatâs a good post â I really enjoyed it.

Iâve often thought that if you donât have some kind of technical common
sense, itâs very hard to do well in a software or manufacturing company.
And a good CV is no guarantee of having it. Iâve interviewed very
experienced Java developers who seemed to lack the necessary feel for what
works well, whatâs a sensible approach to take, and so on. That technical
sense is crucial for tech docs of course, but useful too for marketing
writers.

Itâs very hard to hire for, though. I have a few thoughts on indicators â
perhaps good troubleshooting skills, or even a childhood love of
construction sets! One of my blog posts in perpetual draft is about this.
One day Iâll finish it.

Joe

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:13 Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com> wrote:

> As Tom Johnson says in his own summary of this article:
>
> "In the debate between being a specialist or generalist, there's also a
> third option: developing technical acuity. A person with a high degree of
> technical acuity has the technical mindset needed to understand and solve
> problems across a variety of technical domains. Given the ever growing
> number of technologies, developing technical acuity can be more
> advantageous, especially in technical writing contexts since technical
> writers work with a lot of different technologies."
>
> Here is the article link:
>
> https://idratherbewriting.com/2018/10/24/technical-aptitude/
>
>
> Cordially,
> Craig Cardimon
> Senior Technical Writer
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